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Top 10: Classic Survivors 1950-1990

We've crunched the DVLA's data to come up with the top 10 hardiest classic cars in the UK. By that, we mean the percentage left taxed or SORN'd compared with how many were built in the first place - and it's interesting to see just how many of those cars come from the British specialist sector.

There are some holes in DVLA's data, notably with manufacturers such as AC, Ferrari and Lamborghini where the maker, and not model was recorded - so if you're a club secretary that happens to know definitive numbers of any  models, we'd love to hear from you.

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Aston Martin DB6
1782 built, 277 taxed, 49 SORN'd, survival rate - 18.3%

The Aston Martin DB6 was the end of the long-lived DB-line, and actually proved less of a hot ticket than its precessor on the market place. Its straight-six - even in Vantage form - lacked muscle compared with the Italian opposition, and it was performed something of a holding operation until the new V8 came on stream during the early-'70s.

Today its values lag behind those of the DB4 and DB5, but like all Aston Martins, they're rising fast.


TR5    on 23 July 2018

I presume you are talking of UK TR5's, in which case it was 1161 built. The rest were exported, so would not be recorded for taxed or sorn'd purposes.

There are also a few unscrupulous people who have converted TR250's and even TR4's and TR4a's into the spec of a TR5, and somehow got the DVLA to re-register them as TR5's, an activity that undermines the whole classic car fraternity.

There's a lot of dishonest Johns out there!

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